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Buffalo Wild Wings Picks Up Tab for Fallen Solider

Buffalo Wild Wings Picks Up Tab for Fallen Solider

When a woman bought a beer for her fallen brother, the chain’s response went viral

This photo posted on Facebook by the bartender already has 46,000 shares and 110,000 likes.

A Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, Washington, is getting national attention after they picked up the tab for a fallen solider.

Bartender Brian Avey posted a photo to Facebook along with the story of a servicewoman who ordered a beer for her brother, who died in Iraq.

When the servicewoman ordered two beers, Avey explained that the limit was one beer per person. But when she told him that the second beer was for her brother and she wouldn’t be drinking it, Avey brought her a second beer and watched as “ it just sat next [to] her at a[n] empty seat for her entire lunch.”

When Avey brought the woman her check, he told her that the restaurant would cover the tab for the second beer. “Thank you,” the woman wrote on the receipt. “An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.” — Greatful [sic] Soldiers

A Military Woman came into my work today for Lunch, she ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona, I told her she could only do...

Posted by Brian Avey on Thursday, July 9, 2015

After the woman left, Avey didn’t have the heart to pour the beer out, so he placed it on the bar’s cooler next to an American flag. When Avey explained the beer’s presence to his boss, Avey was amazed by his response.

"He said, 'that's fine. Just do me a favor, put a fresh lime it in every morning,'” Avey said.

The post has gone viral, with more than 46,000 shares and 110,000 likes as of this posting.

The restaurant has reportedly seen a slight increase in business, and the beer itself is becoming an attraction, according to local NBC affiliate King5.

Buffalo Wild Wing Disappointment

It’s Thursday, September 21 st , 2017 and I’m in Daly City California. It’s my day off, nothing special about that except that “N” is working the morning shift and I have the whole day off to do whatever I want. If I want to stay in bed all day naked, watching YouTube videos, I can. Or if I want to do a marathon of jerking off to free porn on the whole interwebs, I can and no one can say anything about it.

And don’t think I didn’t contemplate that last one this morning after waking up with a full on robot chubby that wouldn’t go away that defies all logic for a forty-two year old man. One of the reasons I was so happy with growing older was the mistaken thinking that my libido would diminish with the onset of old age.

And yes, I know that forty-two isn’t old compared to some of the other humans that populate this planet nor am I saying that forty-two is old. All I’m saying is that I was really hoping that I wouldn’t be the horny man I was in my twenties.

The man/boy that slept with the butt-crack of dawn for no other reason then I couldn’t think straight the moment things became erect. And to be truthful, that was the only reason I slept with a little person when I was 22. And because I wondered if his cock looked like a normal sized cock, for the record it did. Nor was it because I wanted to see how massive my cock would look like going in and out of his little butt. For the record he was a top…but that’s another story.

Why at my age do I still wake up with a hard-on? And even more curiously, why am I still horny the moment my boyfriend walks into the room? When will I get the dreaded EDS the TV tells me happens to every man over forty? For Christ sakes, I’m in my forties, do I still have to contend with my cock boning up with every stiff breeze that comes along?

My boyfriend left at 7:15 this morning to go to work. Apparently he had a few private parties and several larger groups for breakfast and needed to make sure he was there in plenty of time to oversee this madness. And right after he left, I lay in bed with my other head ready for some fun.

So I did what every man/boy does when his penis is taking over…that’s right, I got up and turned on my X-Box 360 and started playing Assassins Creed 3. And if you are wondering, I did not feel like a pervert playing games at 7:30am with a boner. Nor did I have a brief/thirty minute fantasy what it would be like to have sex with Conner from the game. And I am talking about a full thirty minutes of constructing a complicated story of what point in the game we would meet, the details of our first awkward encounter that slowly builds over time until we climax on the grass overlooking the manor with Achilles somewhat reluctant approval as he looks on.

Besides my raging hard-on, the only thing I wanted to do today on this glorious day off, was to get hot wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in Daly City, Ca in the Serramonte Centre.

I believe that everyone who has been reading my Blog for any amount of time…mostly a few years ago when I actually updated my Blog more than once every few years, would know that I am quite addictive to all things hot…exclusively hot wings. I will go to any amount of trouble to acquire those artery clogging morsels of ecstasy. Lie to policeman, check, leave work early on a faulty pretense, check. I’m not saying I would kill a human for those tasty treats, but don’t be the asshole that makes my life difficult at work and then stand in between me and those chickens that are fried in fat and then tossed in hot deliciousness. Seriously, don’t do that because I’m not sure what or who I would choose. Better to error on the side of caution then test my morals when it comes to hot wings.

When “N” left for work, I was horny and really needed to release but I started playing video games instead of taking things in hand as it were. Then after driving myself to the brink of madness wondering what it would be like to have sex with a 3-D construct, I really needed to curb my horniness with something tangible.

I played Assassins Creed 3 until 11am. I know, that’s like three and half hours playing a game. But all I was doing was waiting until Buffalo Wild Wings opened so I could indulge in man’s simplest pleasures. Okay, seeing as I was talking about jerking off, I wanted to indulge in man’s second simplest pleasure, the consumption of Hot Wings.

At 11:25, I called in my order to Buffalo Wild Wings. May I have a medium traditional wings, all hot BBQ extra extra extra extra wet, with a side of Blazing sauce, a Chili Queso Dip with no pico de guillo. I don’t really give a shit if I spelled that wrong.

I’ve lived in the Bay Area for thirteen years. I started going to Buffalo Wild Wings sometime in the last three years. Just so I can give you full disclosure, I’ve ordered the exact same order at least once a week for the last three years. It might have been longer/shorter, but I’ve spent way too much fucking money on this addiction that will probably put me in an early grave.

I arrived at Buffalo Wild Wings at 12:30pm, because I stopped at the grocery store to buy Fosters beer and Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. But before I talk about my Buffalo Wild Wings experience, I stopped at the local Lucky Grocery Store to do two things. First, I wanted to exchange my bag full of coins, they have a coin star that you can exchange your coins into money. When I first walked into the store, can you believe there was a line to use the coin star machine. Three people in front of me and I joined the line as I was listening to Penn’s Sunday School Podcast and really not in a hurry.

After about five minutes, the guy leaves and the next guy goes to the machine and places a paper bag on the counter. His actions was hidden with his body, but after a few minutes and I didn’t here the sounds of the machine counting the coins to convert into money, I peered to my left and noticed that he had a paper bag filled with already rolled and packaged coins. The type of packaging that looks like when you get coins from a bank. And he was slowly breaking open the rolled coins and putting them into the counting thingy.

“Fuck this” I thought and walked back to my car to place my oversized container in my trunk. All I wanted to do was cash in my coins, it wasn’t like I needed the coins to buy my groceries. I then walked back into the store and grabbed two bottles of diet coke, three 24 ounces of Fosters beer, and a 750ml of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey whiskey. I walked to the front of the store, and they only had two registers open, and they had to have at least ten people in each line. Of course, the self check-out lines was completely empty, but seeing as you can’t buy alcohol in the self check-out lines, that really didn’t help me.

“Fuck this” I thought as I dropped my basket and walked out of the grocery store. After all, I had lots of places I could buy beer and whiskey without waiting in line on my day off.

I drove to Serramonte Mall, where Buffalo Wild Wings opened a massive store. When I walked into the store, it was 12:30, almost forty minutes from the time I called in my order. I walked up to the counter and there was three younger girls behind it talking amongst themselves. It felt like five minutes before I was even greeted but it was probably less than a minute. But sixty seconds is a long fucking time to stand somewhere where three different people can see you and no one even says hello.

Seriously, right now, just start counting to sixty in your head and imagine you standing at a counter with someone standing behind it yet not saying a single word to you. It feels like forever right. That’s how I felt.

Finally after three hours/thirty seconds, someone says hello. I give my name, they read my order back to me, medium traditional wings, all hot BBQ extra extra extra wet, side of blazing sauce, chile queso dip no pico de guillo, that will be 30.92. I give them my card, I total it 35.00 dollars and she says, your order isn’t ready it will be another five minutes.

I sit down on the bench and continue listening to Penn’s Sunday School podcast. After eight minutes, I walk back to the counter and inquire about the status of my order. This is when the girl behind the counter decided to tell me, “There was a mix up of your order and they are re-making it, it’s not that busy so it should only be another 15 minutes.”

I’m not mad that they lost my order, I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for more than twenty years, I understand that mistakes happen and orders get lost. If they would have said something to me when I paid for my order, I would’ve sat there quietly while they figured it out. But they didn’t tell me that when I paid, what they said was it would be another five minutes.

And yes, I was really enjoying Penn’s Sunday School podcast, but I was also watching them. It’s a habit I’ve picked up over my years of running restaurants, I always watch the staff members. And in my watching, I saw that they were talking amongst themselves, pointing at me, and pointing back at the kitchen. Then I also observed them getting on the phone, gesturing towards me again, and then a minute or two later, a manager walked up to the front and started looking at the computer while looking at me everyone moment or two.

But I understand that things happen and though I knew deep down in my heart that something happened to my order, I was waiting patiently. But after waiting eight mintues, knowing that something was wrong, and rightly/wrongly waiting for them to explain what happened to my order, I walked up to the front only to be told off-handedly, that they were re-making the order and that something happened.

No apology, no saying they are doing everything they can to fix it, no offering a soda while I wait for the order to be corrected, nothing from the manager at all.

And I will be the first to admit, I was pissed. From 7:30 in the morning, all I could think about was getting Buffalo Wild Wings, getting beer and whiskey and watching the remake of Magnificent Seven. And once again, Buffalo Wild Wings fucks up my plans.

Earlier I told you that I have been ordering from Buffalo Wild Wings for longer than I can remember. What I never admitted too, was that they screw up my order at least 1 out of 5 times. Now before you ask me why I continue to go back to the place that fucks up my order that often, I will point out that I have an addiction and I will always need hot wings in my life. Always.

I am rather proud that I didn’t yell, or demand some kind of free stuff, all I said was I’ve been waiting for almost 50 minutes and I want my money back.

I want to say again, that Buffalo Wild Wings have screwed up my order so many times that I am immune to their incompetency and always check my order before leaving the restaurant. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know the front of house staff, and have seen lots of staff and managers come and go. And usually all I do is smile and take whatever bad experience they throw at me because in the end I get what I need, Hot Wings. I’ve seen great FOH staff, who cares but mess up continually, bad FOH staff that can’t get an order right if there was a gun to their head. And everything in between.

And before you say, the FOH staff can’t control the kitchen, I know that. But Buffalo Wild Wings put the ticket on the bag, and I’ve seen the ticket never mention that I want no pico de guillo in my Chili Queso Dip. I’ve seen tickets that never says extra extra extra wet on my Hot BBQ wings. That is not a kitchen error, that is a FOH mistake.

And what really pissed me off today, when the manager told me they lost my ticket and was remaking the order, what pissed me off, she turned away and started talking to the girl next to her about the date she had the night before.

And I will be the first to admit, I’m not a nice guy sometimes. I have a sharp wit and sometimes it can be extremely harsh when I’m not at work. That didn’t happen today. I was calm, and politely asked for my money back. The manager looked at me, and said okay. She processed my order, gave me the slip that said my order was voided and that my card would be credited for the amount. She then turned away from me again and resumed her story about the night before.

For the first time in my life, and it has already been established that I am forty-two, I looked up the corporate office and sent an email detailing my experience. I didn’t demand my money back, nor did I swear and lose my mind which is what I would normally do. Instead I detailed my experience today, and asked for them to try and fix the issues that seem to happen at each and every Buffalo Wild Wing I have ever frequented. I said, “I wish I could quit you, because after giving you so much money over the years and having so many issues with your staff, I wish I could quit you, but I probably won’t because I love hot wings so much”.

It’s been five hours and I haven’t heard anything back from their website complaint department and I wasn’t really surprised. When you are such a huge corporation, people are going to give you money no matter what and that they believe that with all the new guests they get each week, they really don’t care about existing guests. But that logic is flawed, and what they don’t seem to understand, sooner or later they are going to run out of new guests and there will be no one left to try their restaurant. I spend so much of my energy making sure that all my guests are taken care of, I sometimes have nothing left to give to my boyfriend after a long day at work.

I left Buffalo Wild Wings with the idea that I would go to my local Hot Wing place that doesn’t really have spicy hot wings but have decent hot wings that I could purchase and then add my ghost pepper sauce to kick them to another level. But when I arrived at their establishment, they were closed for remodel. And then went to another hot wing place in Daly City and they were out of hot wings until 1pm because there shipment didn’t arrive on time.

It’s now 5pm and I’m at home. I did get my beer, and my whiskey, and I’m rather drunk, which is why if this Blog entry has mistakes or a rambling feel to it, it’s not my fault I’m on an empty stomach and rather drunk.

I still have a hard-on, I have no hot wings, and my boyfriend isn’t home yet from work. Sometimes life just sucks no matter how hard you try and maintain positivity.


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Ready for The Big Game? Here’s a few places where you can watch it in Queens

Get ready, Queens football fans, for the biggest game of the year!

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the New England Patriots are taking on the Atlanta Falcons at 6:30 p.m. at NGR Stadium in Houston in Super Bowl LI.

Whether you’re really into the game or are just interested in seeing the halftime show or the legendary commercials, you’re going to need a place to watch it. Here are a few places in Queens where you can watch the Super Bowl this year.

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The premier sports bar and grill in Sunnyside, Bar 43 is a great place to watch the big game. Order yourself some atomic wings and watch the game on one of their 20 plasma televisions.

Up for a tailgate party? Vetro Restaurant and Wine Bar is hosting one you don’t want to miss. For $35, you’ll get football favorites such as hot dogs, popcorn, wings and homemade pizza. A cash bar is available throughout the night and ladies drink free until kick-off.

Austin’s Ale House has your game day ticket. For $55, you can pick from their selection of craft beer, bottled beer, top shelf cocktails and their halftime buffet for dinner. Staying in for the game? Order some wings from Austin’s to share with your friends!

Who doesn’t love Buffalo Wild Wings? With televisions around the entire restaurant and a huge selection of wings to choose from, you’ll be in football heaven, unless your team loses of course.

Join in the Super Bowl fun at Bourbon Street in Bayside! $50 gets you full access to the party. Coming as a group? No problem! Just call them up at 718-224-2200 and reserve your group spot today!

This classic restaurant is a great place to watch the Super Bowl. Beer specials are available from 4 to 6 p.m., perfect for pre-gaming! A raffle will be available, with the winner getting a $100 tab at their bar! If you don’t want to stay and hang, O’Neill’s is also catering, so you can enjoy the great tastes of O’Neill’s at your own party!

Editor’s note: The preceding is for informational purposes only the locations were chosen at random by the author.

A Corona for a fallen soldier: Here’s how one Tacoma bartender honored a patron

(TODAY) – Ordering a beer may not seem particularly newsworthy. But one woman’s reason for doing so, revealed recently at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, Washington, just might change your mind.

She arrived at the restaurant July 9 and was greeted by server Brian Avey. When asked for her order, she said she’d like two beers: a Blue Moon and a Corona.

Avey explained politely that she’d only be able to order one at a time because of a state law. But the woman asked that he make an exception. According to a post on Avey’s Facebook account, she then told him that the Corona was for her brother who died in Iraq.

“It just sat next [to] her at a[n] empty seat her entire lunch,” Avey wrote. “…After she left, I didn’t have the heart to dump the beer out and throw it away.”

Avey went ahead and told the woman that Buffalo Wild Wings would be taking care of her tab, and the woman expressed her gratitude on the bill.

“Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day. – Greatful [sic] Soldiers.”

With 100k likes and counting on Avey’s Facebook post about the event, it looks like this is a story that’s touching more hearts than just Avey’s.

A Military Woman came into my work today for Lunch, she ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona, I told her she could only do…Posted by Phinious McAvey on Thursday, July 9, 2015

And his boss’s heart is one of them.

As Avey explained, “After she left, I didn’t have the heart to dump the beer out and throw it away.”

Instead, he propped it up on a cooler next to an American flag.

“When I showed my boss his response was Amazing,” wrote Avey. “He said, ‘That’s Fine, just do me a favor, put a fresh Lime in it Every Morning.'”

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Woman's Beer for Fallen Military Brother Goes Viral

(Reuters) - A Washington state bartender who fulfilled a woman’s request to serve a beer for a brother who died fighting with U.S. forces in Iraq is honoring the man by keeping the bottle on display next to an American flag, in a story that has spread on social media.

The woman ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Tacoma on July 9, telling a bartender the second bottle was for her fallen brother, bartender Brian Avey said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Avey, 37, who is supposed to serve just one beer at a time to each patron, filled the order anyway for the woman, whose name he could not recall.

He wrote in a Facebook post that the beer sat next to her at an empty seat.

“When I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer,” he wrote.

His Facebook post, which attracted more than 75,000 “likes” and dozens of heartfelt comments, includes a photograph of the receipt on which the woman had written a message of thanks attributed to her deceased brother.

“Thank you. An Act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day - [Grateful] soldier”, said the hand-written message pinned under the full bottle.

The beer was still on display on Tuesday and the restaurant, which often serves military personnel stationed at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is working out how to preserve it indefinitely, Avey said.

Avey wrote that he didn’t have the heart to dump the beer after she left, so he put it on top of the cooler next to the American flag, a move his boss supported.

“He said, ‘That’s fine, just do me a favor, put a fresh lime in it every morning,’” Avey said.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in San Francisco Editing by Eric Walsh)

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21 Bafflingly Bizarre Dumb Tough Guy Shirts

Bad t-shirts are something we all have. In fact, they're something we should all treasure. Nobody is without those few pieces of clothing that they're ashamed to wear in public. Something in the back of the closet for a hungover Sunday, or yard work, not the real world outside. But these days, it seems like there has been an explosion in abrasive, text-heavy, questionably-designed "tough" shirts aimed at proudly displaying a political agenda that's as aggressive as it is sartorially-challenged.

What's worse, many of these shirts appear to be designed more by an algorithm, or even bots outright stealing work, to compile some of our worst instincts and vomiting them onto clothing. Because, well, it turns out people are dumb enough to buy these things to proudly wear in this strange dystopian world. All just to say that if you think even remotely differently from their narrow worldview, they'll make sure their XXLoud shirt yells at you for it. So let's check out some of the absolute worst offenders in "tough" political attire that the internet has to offer .

ATMTEE Take special note of the "Safe space" line because most of these will be sold and worn in the safest spaces imaginable.

We open with the most standard format for these atrocities. Littered with text, they're typically some psychopathic screed shotgunned on to the back. This one is fantastic because it checks in at a whopping 12 lines. 12 LINES. That's how many we've needed to squeeze onto this shirt to get its point across. In that amount of real estate, Cormac McCarthy could give you a full-blown existential crisis, but here we get an unpunctuated rant from a drunken uncle at Thanksgiving being furiously transcribed by his even drunker wife, as he turns purple, forcing this soliloquy out because his 30-something nephew asked for the real cranberry sauce. Not to mention the audacity for this shirt to declare, "Screaming doesn't make you right," when it's quite literally a t-shirt that screams at you.

6. Buffalo Wild Wings

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The 14 most valuable Lego sets ever released

Posted On April 29, 2020 15:47:36

Next time you step on a LEGO brick in the middle of the night, think twice before you vindictively throw it in the trash. If it’s part of a rare or coveted set, it could be worth enough to dull your pain. In fact, the LEGO collectors market has become its own building block economy, with some sets bringing in thousands of dollars on the brick market.

“Many factors play into a set’s aftermarket value, but demand is the primary factor,” explains Chris Malloy, managing editor for The Brothers Brick, and co-author of Ultimate LEGO Star Wars.“For most of the company’s history, LEGO was viewed as exclusively a children’s toy. So, in the early 2000s, when LEGO began to explore the adult market in a serious way, they began developing a lot of massive sets with high price tags.”

Gerben van IJken, a full time LEGO expert with the EU-based auction platform Catawiki, and a LEGO investor and appraiser, also cites rarity, detail, and demand as reasons for increased value in LEGO collectibles.

“Most high-priced sets are recent, but not that recent. Properties such as Star Wars, for example, benefited from the restart of the movie franchise and the fact that people who loved Star Wars as kids – but didn’t have the money to buy sets that cost hundreds of dollars – are now buying them.”

So what are the most valuable LEGO sets around? That’s what we set out to find. While LEGO lore (get used to that term) tells of employee exclusives, such as a solid gold, 14K LEGO brickvalued between ,000 and ,000, we’ve kept this list to models, sets, and minifigures that are, or once were, available to the general public. So take a look at these sets and see if you have any of them sitting in the attic.

1. #10179 LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon

The out-of-this-world sale price for this Star Wars set is a bit misleading, because it was a one-time thing influenced by some extraordinary factors. “This sale involved a first edition set, sold in an airtight case,” says van IJken. “It was also sold in Las Vegas, which influenced the markup.”

Despite the galactic inflation, a first edition Millennium Falcon is one of the most — if not the most —valuable Lego sets ever produced. “We’ve sold these sets for prices ranging from ,400 – ,700,” he says. However, a re-released version that came out in 2017 has devalued the set, according to Malloy. “Since the new Millennium Falcon came out, the more recent value is about with only one sold in the last 6 months.” That said, with an original price of about 0, even the more modest sale price still represents a nearly 300 percent increase, making this set a true smuggler’s treasure.

2. #10189 LEGO Taj Mahal, First Edition

“This set used to trade blows with the Millennium Falcon for the top spot,” explains Malloy. “But it’s a perfect example of why speculating LEGO set values and prices is a very, very risky business.” LEGO re-released the Taj Mahal model a few years ago as part of a different collection, which dropped the price from north of ,000 to a mere 0. Despite the devaluation however, this set is still an architectural masterpiece and first editions once sold for about 10 percent of their highest valued price.

3. #6080 LEGO King’s Castle

Highest Selling Price: ,600

If you’ve got a mint condition, in-the-box 1984 King’s Castle, you might be able to fetch some serious LEGO loot. Part of the reason is that, in general, a sealed LEGO set is worth up to ten times as much as an opened one. Another part is that, for the 80s, this was a HUGE set. “The largest set in a given theme during the 80s and 90s was typically in the 600 piece range,” Malloy explains. “Since the early 2000s, most themes include sets of more than 1,000 pieces. This means that there are a greater number of recent sets with a high starting value than there were from decades past.” Remarkably, the price of LEGOs on a per-piece basis has stayed relatively the same – about .10 per piece – since the 1980s, according to Malloy. So, the larger the set, regardless of its release date, the greater the possible value.

4. #10030 LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Imperial Star Destroyer

According to Malloy and van IJken, the high prices for Star Wars sets has less to do with rarity, and more to do with the enormous demand for all things Light or Dark Side. “Countless fans collect these sets to try and complete the full ‘Ultimate Collector’s Series’, or find every version of their favorite ship,” Malloy says. When fully assembled, this highly-detailed Star Destroyer measures more than three feet long, and is comprised of more than 3,000 pieces. Other versions of the same ship, which are not part of the Ultimate Collector’s Series, can still fetch nearly a grand on the secondary market.

5. #6399 LEGO Airport Shuttle

As part of the “Classic Town” line, this set was sought after by 90s kids everywhere. Why? Because it was one of the rare monorail sets that featured a looping track and battery-powered train. Originally selling at 0, this 730-piece model sits alongside other monorail sets such as the Futuron Monorail Transport System (1987, set #6990) and the Monorail Transport Base (1994, set #6991), which each average more than in collector markets. “The monorail is sought after because it was a limited production,” says van IJken. “In fact, LEGO folklore tells us that LEGO outsourced the production of the monorail tracks — just the tracks, not the trains — to a company that went bankrupt. Because of that, the tooling pieces for the tracks were lost, and the monorail sets were abandoned.”

6. #10190 LEGO Market Street

Designed by a LEGO fan, this hyper-realistic set is a LEGO Factory exclusive which incorporates intricate design elements such as spiral staircases, awnings, and removable balconies. It’s also part of the sought-after “modular” collection, which allows you to construct it in different ways and supplement it with different sets to create a truly unique LEGO town. The highly-valued “Cafe Corner” set (#10182), is one such set, itself valued at nearly >

7. #1952 LEGO Milk Truck

Released in 1989, this LEGO vehicle set debuted in Denmark to promote the Danish dairy company MD Foods. While it only contains 133 pieces, it’s niche availability, and subsequent rarity, make it one of the most sought after “oddities” in LEGO land. Don’t be fooled by later, domestic releases, such as this one, which are much less valuable.

8. #71001 LEGO Minifigures Series 10, “Mr. Gold”

If you have kids, you know the thrill of hunting for the rare, blind-boxed LEGO Minifigures. “This Minifigure was limited to 5,000 pieces,” explains Malloy. “Sold to the public, they were mixed in with the unmarked, blind packs as a ‘treasure hunt’ item.” Minifigures, which are a huge part of LEGO lore can drastically affect the value of whole sets. “It’s common to sell sets without the Minifigures, which will often drop the value by at least 50%,” Malloy adds. And Mr. Gold, because he wasn’t part of a larger set, had a sticker price of only .99 during his release in 2013.

9. #1650 + #1651 LEGO Maersk Line Container Ship + Container Truck

Average Sale Price: 8 (used), (Mint in Same Box [MISB])

“Maersk and LEGO have a long history, and LEGO continues to release Maersk sets,” explains Malloy. “These are both limited sets, and finding accurate listings on them can be tough. I’ve seen a mint, in-box Container Ship listed for a used Truck for ,000, and a new Truck for ,600. But these are asking prices.” Still, both sets are rare enough to command respectable scratch.

10. #10196 LEGO Grand Carousel

The LEGO Creator series – of which this intricate carousel set is a part – is a recent example of the detail factor that makes certain models so valuable. It’s a work of art that sells for nearly >

11. #3450 LEGO Statue of Liberty

As part of the LEGO Architecture series, this 2,882 piece beauty can fetch up to ,000 in its first edition. There’s even a boxed set on Amazon listed at ,000. (.54 for shipping, though? We’ll pass.) “This set and the Eiffel Tower regularly switch places in the value department, says van IJken. “More recently, the Statue of Liberty has begun to gradually increase in value,” he says. Standing at 30″ tall, it’s likely to tower over your typical toddler — assuming he or she doesn’t swallow the torch pieces first.

12. #10018 LEGO Darth Maul

Back to the Sarlacc pit we go to retrieve yet another high priced Star Wars LEGO set. This time, it’s a bust of a bust — the majorly underwhelming Darth Maul from 1999’s The Phantom Menace. His 1,800+ piece visage looks incredibly cool, and the hype was strong with this one, having been released less than two years after the film. So, again, a combination of Star Wars buzz, moderate rarity, and a great looking figure created a sought after collectible. If you’re not inclined to pay max Galactic Credits, though, here’s a list of all the pieces needed to build your own for a fraction of the bounty. Instructions too!

13. #6081 LEGO King’s Mountain Fortress

A key component of LEGO’s 90s Castle line, this 400+ piece stronghold features a realistic drawbridge, landscaping elements, and several badass Minifigure knights. Currently, eBay features a handful of used sets (some complete, some not), which go for nearly 15 percent of the boxed set we’ve listed. “If you want to sell a set like this quickly,” Malloy says, “eBay is the way to go. If you get lucky and there’s a bidding war, it’s likely to bring in the highest price possible. But if you want to have more control over the price but don’t care about selling as quickly, use Bricklink, which is a dedicated community for LEGO collectors.”

14. #4051 LEGO NesQuik Bunny

“There are a few increasingly rare LEGO pieces that were available to the public, but this one is the most baffling to me,” says van IJken. “It’s the Nesquik bunny, who is the mascot of the chocolate milk brand. This figure was part of a line that was centered around movie making, and was endorsed by Steven Spielberg.” It came with a yellow sweater and brown pants and was given away with European chocolate milk cartons. Some did hop on over to the US, though, and if you have a mint, bagged one, you can hock it for some modest money. Not bad for what was once a free giveaway.

This article originally appeared on Fatherly. Follow @FatherlyHQ on Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The 'again' in Make America Great Again comes later, but don't worry "best ever".

by Glenn Littrell

It's interesting that the mantra (conspiracy theory) from the right has been that all the criticism of Trump is because the Left can't get over Hillary losing, yet, the Right's most common defense against criticism is "look at Hillary" (roll the list of conspiracy theory talking points).

It looks more and more like it's the Right that can't get over Hillary losing. Their so much better at attacking than they are defending. Call it deflection, confirmation bias, whatever you want, but it is hypocrisy.

You should know that everyone who criticizes Trump didn't automatically support Hillary. The truth is that it is possible to condemn many of the actions of both of them, but when your knee jerk reaction to any criticism is to fling criticism of others around the room it becomes a waste of breath. It childish, like an 8 year old tattle-telling on his brother in an attempt to get out of trouble.

The Right had 8 years to bring Hillary down, endless congressional committees and hearings, several investigations. They spent millions of dollars on attacking her (not GOP money but taxpayer money), and they proved nothing illegal. No charges, no independent council, nothing illegal. She also withstood 9 hours of televised grilling before one of many congressional committees (republican run). Walked out without a scratch. It's time that Trump and his supporters put on their 'big boy' pants and quit whining about a few months of criticism. Defend your man if you must, start a discussion about Hillary on your timeline, but move on and get off of Hillary when the discussion is about Trump.

Like a bully, Trump and many of his supporters cry when people push back, when he thinks he's losing he cry's foul, he deflects and name calls to avoid giving answers (he doesn't even deflect with an issue statement. He does so by insults and innuendo). But it's not just Trumps supporters who can't get over Hillary losing, it's also Donald Trump himself. The most mentioned names that come out of his mouth, second and third after his own name, is Obama and Hillary. His kneejerk reaction to criticism is to raise the ghost of past politicians. Showing an inability to explain his words, action, or decisions in the face of criticism.

The most active agenda item of his is to undo everything that Obama accomplished, even though it may hurt millions of Americans, damage our security, or delay his other agenda items. His entire campaign was built around criticism of Obama, Democrats, and Hillary. Any effort to advocate for an issue was expressed with a political slogan (Make America great again) and the promise of "don't worry, I'll tell you later, best ever." Still missing signifigant and detailed plans for agenda items he continually relies on the endless attacks on past politicians, childish tweets, bully tactics, and executive actions. The 'again' in Make America Great Again comes later, but don't worry "best ever".

His use of executive directives as a preemptive alternative to working with Congress doesn't even give the questionable pretense of reacting to a 'do nothing Congress'. Obama's use of executive actions prompted rabid accusations of tyranny, but Trumps use of them as a preemptive undercutting of the Congressional branch, as a tool of deflection from scandals and pixies, as an attention getting failsafe, garners no criticism from his supporters or any of the anti-executive actions crowd.

Executive actions for Trump is just a political tool, a license, to distract, deviate, and assault. What Trump is showing us is that he is just a bad politician, but still a politician. His flaws and boorish behavior have been exposed because he left the closed world of business where money could hide his flaws and transgressions. Where 'yes' men and paid experts could confirm his ego and discreetly correct his failings. He entered the more transparent world of politics and has shown his incompetence, egotism, less than stellar character, and less than advertised intelligence,

He won the election and is President of the United States, so let's stop claiming the system is rigged, if it was rigged he never would have gotten this far, if it was rigged Hillary would have been the party's candidate in 2008 instead of Obama, and Jeb would've been the Republican candidate, and Hillary would be President now*. So let's stop blaming Hillary for Trump. The blame can be spread out across party lines, so for the many of us who claim to be independent voters please stop rehashing an election that is irreversible.

Like a bully he cries when people push back, when he thinks he's losing he cry's foul, he deflects and name calls to avoid giving answers (he doesn't even deflect with an issue statement, he does so with insults and innuendo).

It's politics, not a beauty pageant. Stop whining and lead.

*failed attempts by Russians, voter suppression legislation and questionable actions by the parties notwithstanding, the election was not rigged. People fail to realize that the party nomination process is not the election. It is the business of the separate parties. Run and governed by the parties. Bernie was never a party member so the party was stacked against him, but he made a choice to not run as an independent. That was his mistake. I could care less about party rules and processes, because like many Independents I don't support a party, vote for a party, or belong to a party (or vote in primaries). I vote issues and candidates. Like many independents and moderates I long for more parties offering more choices, but we are too often left with lesser choices.

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